Given our recent spat of cooking disasters, we probably would have ended up with some pretty grim meals if it weren’t for one thing: the incredible edible egg. Scrambled, poached, or fried, eggs seem to have the magical power to turn almost any random assortment of ingredients into a complete and satisfying meal. Phew!Adding an egg to each person’s plate is one of the easiest ways to turn a side dish into a full meal. We had a ton of our Potato, Green Bean, and Corn Salad left after developing that recipe. A poached egg with a generous scoop of this salad turned out to make a great lunch throughout rest of the week.
Another favorite meal at our house is garlicky swiss chard over polenta with a fried egg on top, pictured above. It’s so simple, and yet the flavors and textures go together incredibly well. We’ve had eggs on pizza when we were lacking other toppings and put slices of hard-boiled eggs on sandwiches when we’ve run out of lunch meat. Anywhere we needed a little something to round out a meal, an egg seems to do the trick.